Elaine Bradford and Seth Mittag
Fictitious Realities/Realistic Fictions

September 6 – October 8, 2008

Please join us Saturday, September 6th from 8-10 p.m. as Art Palace presents Fictitious Realities / Realistic Fictions, a two-person exhibition featuring the sculptural work of Elaine Bradford and Seth Mittag.

Both Bradford and Mittag build narrative sculptural environments based on stories told to them in their childhoods. Bradford finds inspiration in children’s literature, especially Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The crocheted taxidermied animals Bradford is known for become characters in fantasy worlds she has created for them. Seth Mittag, who draws upon childhood memories and the exaggerated tall tales told by his father, creates sculptural installations that recreate his living environment and convey the expectations of masculinity imposed from father to son. Both artists play with scale and perception to show the viewer how these childhood narratives shift in meaning and significance when seen through the eyes of an adult.

About the artists:
Elaine Bradford received her BFA from the University of Texas in 2000 and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2003. The Houston-based artist has exhibited throughout the United States including High 5: Emerging Art In America, a group show at the CW Network Headquarters in Burbank, CA (2007), Greenlease Gallery in Kansas City, MO (2007), the Ingram Studio Art Center at Vanderbilt University (2007), Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles (2004), as well as several non-profit spaces throughout Texas including the Galveston Arts Center in Galveston (2008), the Lawndale Art Center in Houston (2007), Cactus Bra in San Antonio (2007), and Women & Their Work in Austin (2007).

Seth Mittag is an artist living and working in New York City. Since completing his MFA at the University of Houston in 2003, his work has been widely exhibited throughout Texas and New York including exhibitions at Texas Firehouse Gallery in New York (2008) Groto Gallerie in New York (2008), Finesilver Gallery in Houston (2006), the Glassell School of Art in Houston (2006), the Blaffer Gallery in Houston (2003), as well as the Texas Biennial in Austin (2005).